Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I hear from couples.  If you don’t find your question here, please email me or call 703-475-2050.

How do we check on your availability?

To check my availability, simply find your wedding date on the calendar to the right. If your date is in green, I am available that day, but if it’s pink, that means I have already been booked.

Where do you officiate at weddings?

Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Southern Maryland. Inside, outside, everywhere!

What is the cost for you to officiate a wedding?

The stipend to officiate at your wedding is $800. This fee includes a pre-ceremony meeting, emails and telephone calls, development of your personalized ceremony script and all revisions, a day-of wedding rehearsal, officiating at your ceremony, and processing your marriage license. These services may vary based on the needs and desires of the couple.

What kinds of marriage ceremonies do you perform?

All kinds. From ceremonies that are Catholic or interfaith to those with a spirituality of their own. My job is to help you tell your story and to do so in a way that is joyful and respects your current values and beliefs.

What recommendations would you make to assure a great wedding?

After hundreds of successful weddings and some real disasters, I find there are three essential components:

  1. First, treat your officiant and vendors as highly-skilled professionals and not as servants or hired hands. They want to do their best work for you, let them! That means committing to the wedding process, listening to their recommendations, and responding to their requests in a timely manner.
  2. Second, hire an experienced wedding planner.  These folks have done hundreds of weddings and intimately understand how to manage the myriad of details to execute a superb wedding.
  3. Thirdhire a great wedding DJ / sound technician. Whether indoors or outside, there is nothing more disappointing than for a couple to spend months creating the ceremony of their dreams and only to have it heard by those in the first row.

Can we personalize our wedding ceremony?

I encourage it and that’s what makes me unique. There are many ways this can be accomplished. Options for readings, both from the scriptures and other sources are available. You can write your own vows or select from more traditional or contemporary options. Unity or sand candles, love locks, hand fasting, roses to parents and other activities can be easily included.

Will you honor our values and beliefs and help us express them?

Absolutely! I offer personalized wedding ceremonies that are designed to be a reflection of who you are and the statement that you want your wedding to make. This is about you, not me.

Will you marry someone in a location other than a church?

Yes, I officiate at weddings in many locations both inside and outdoors.

How long are your ceremonies?

On average, between 20-30 minutes.

Do you officiate at same-sex marriages?

Yes. We affirm the dignity and worth of gays and lesbians believing that GLBT equality is a civil right. I would be honored to officiate at your wedding.

Can our friends or family participate in the service?

Absolutely and I encourage it. The more people we involve, the more we create community. This can make your ceremony very personal.

I've been divorced and want to remarry. Can you officiate at my wedding?

Absolutely. I rejoice that you have found love. Together, we can design a wonderful ceremony with all the elements that speak to you.

Who will get our marriage license?

You will. The legal requirement is that you get your marriage license from the jurisdiction (city, county, District of Columbia) where the marriage ceremony will take place. Requirements vary by jurisdiction.  Securing your marriage license is a legal requirement before the marriage ceremony can be performed. After the ceremony, I will sign and process the license and return it to the appropriate government agency.

We both agree our ceremony was as special and personal as ever it could be. We will treasure it forever.

Erin and Rich
Le Meridien Hotel, Arlington, VA